IT against poaching
1,215 rhinos fell victim to poaching in 2014 and if this situation continues, there will be no rhinos left in Africa in 2025. That was the sad prognosis of a 2015 report by the South African Department of the Environment. In November 2015 the American telecommunications giant Cisco Systems established the Connected Conservation Program in a private reserve near Kruger National Park in South Africa. Together with partners and non-profit organizations, Cisco Systems has implemented IT solutions that monitor and track people from the moment they enter the reserve until they leave. The result: The number of poached animals dropped to zero in 2017. A documentary about the project was produced in cooperation with National Geographic UK.
Small, bustling, right on your doorstep, and yet so important for nature and people – we’re talking about bees. In the summer of 2020, expert organization DEKRA launched a passion project, for which it cooperates with a local beekeeper. Located on the premises of the Stuttgart head office, five bee colonies, a total of 250,000 animals, are working to produce the golden treat.
In the 2020 season the busy bees produced about 100 kilograms of honey. Bottled in jars, the employees can buy it in the cafeteria, making the sustainable project with the appropriate name “BeeDEKRA” transparent for everyone. DEKRA will use the entire proceeds from the sale to promote biodiversity in the region and get one step closer to the company’s goal of climate protection and resource conservation. In fall 2020, the expert organization presented the concrete terms in its sustainability report: Among other things, DEKRA wants to convert its entire power supply to renewable energies by 2025 and reduce CO2 emissions by 50 percent compared to 2018.